Rabies exposures up in Cochabamba

From a ProMED summary on rabies reports around the globe: Bolivia’s central department of Cochabamba has been the site of 45 human exposures to rabid animals this year, resulting in four deaths. The 2-fold increase in rabies infections in dogs and cats has caused particular alarm in the municipalities of Tarata, Arbieto, Cliza and Sipe Sipe, leading to a state of emergency being declared in those areas. The same summary covers rabies reports from the USA (North & South Carolina and Illinois), while a separate entry expands on cases recorded in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Morocco. Read more

Advice for travellers

Rabies is present in most countries and all travellers should be aware of the importance of avoiding contact with wild and domestic animals, including bats. If bitten or scratched, urgent post-exposure treatment is required. Vaccination is generally recommended for longer stays, especially travellers planning to live in, or travel extensively through, rural areas and also for children; however the final recommendation is itinerary-specific. Read more on rabies.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.